In 1978, Mr. Manjunath Bhandary actively involved in the congress party at Karkala, while he was studying Pre-University, when the former Prime Minister Late Smt. Indira Gandhi contested the Lok Sabha bye-election from Chikmagalur.
It was in 1980, when he met his political mentor MP, Mr. Oscar Fernandes, and since then under his tutelage, he blossomed into a full- fledged congressman. Since 1980, he has been very actively involved in all the political activities and participated in all the elections.
During his student days, he worked towards motivating students and other youth, drawing them towards ideologies of the congress party, its various people oriented programs, creating a strong base for the party at the grass root level.
His interaction with Late Prime Minister Sri Rajiv Gandhi, motivated him to plunge in to politics totally. In his political carrier, he worked with leaders like Sri Ramesh Chennithala, Sri Mukul Vasnik, Sri Manish Tiwari and Sri Satyajith Sinha Gaekwad in All India level.
In 1996, as a Secretary of Indian Youth Congress, he travelled length and breadth of the country to organize youth to join youth congress. This exposed him deeply in to the political psyche and orientation of grass root level workers.
As a General Secretary of the KPCC, he had an opportunity to work under the guidance PCC President’s like, Sri. Janardhan Poojary, Sri S. M. Krishna, Sri Mallikarjun Kharge. Sri Allum Veerabadrappa and Sri R. V. Deshpande and also he had an opportunity to work and coordinate with leaders like Sri. A.K Antony. Sri. Vaylar Ravi, Sri. Pritviraj Chavan, Sri. Digvijay Singh and other senior leaders. He had the privilege to interact with Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi. He had the opportunity to travel and interacted with Sri. Rahul Gandhi when he visited Mangalore and Bangalore.
His astute leadership traits got him a prime place as a youth leader to represent the country on various youth exchange programs across various countries, where he had finest opportunities to interact with Presidents, Prime Ministers and Ministers of several countries, boosting his potential to serve the party more on various platforms.
As a young politician, he held various responsible positions in the party, right from the college to national level. His mild demeanor, soft skills, organizing abilities and sheer hard work won him accolades from rank and file of politicians, right from grass root workers to top ranking political leaders of the nation.
At present he is working as
- Member: All India Congress Committee – AICC.
- Member: Pradesh Congress Committee – PCC
As a student he held the following positions in the Student Congress – NSUI
- National Council Member: National Student Union of India.
- General Secretary: National Student Union of India, Karnataka.
- District President: National Student Union of India, Chikamagalur
As a youth he held positions in the Youth Congress
- Secretary: Indian Youth Congress. National level – IYC
- Vice President: District Youth Congress, Shimoga Dist.
- General Secretary, Bhadravathi Taluk Youth Congress
Party positions held in Karnataka Pradesh Congress committee -KPCC
- General Secretary, Karnataka Pradesh Congress committee
- Secretary, Karnataka Pradesh Congress committee